gases have increased.” Further, the IPCC concludes that the warming trend is unequivocal, reporting that “each of the last three decades have been successively warmer at the Earth’s surface than any preceding decade since 1850.” Now more than ever, citizens and policymakers need to act to make possible a sustainable future for generations to come.
In the face of the reality of rapid ecological crises and degradation, we believe that as people of faith we are called to tend to God’s good creation, seek justice for the vulnerable and oppressed among us, and be good stewards of the bounty and beauty of the Earth.
This year, the focus for Earth Day is on Green Cities, an effort to encourage lawmakers, businesses, and citizens to make sustainable investments in clean energy and advocate for public policies that promote energy efficiency and limit greenhouse gas emissions. The IPCC has concluded that efforts to eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable development and equity can be improved by limiting the effects of climate change. The Moderator’s Public Policy Team agrees and calls on our elected officials and concerned people of faith to advocate for policies and practices that help us create a healthier environment for a sustainable future for all.
On Earth Day, April 22, we can all do our part to act as good stewards and advocates for the environment, ensuring that later generations will be able to benefit from all the beauty and bounties of the Earth. You can reaffirm your commitment to protecting the environment by volunteering, letting your representatives know that you support sound environmental policies, or making a small lifestyle change to reduce any negative impact on the environment. If everyone chooses to do something small, together, we can create a better world for future generations.
To help you further reflect on God’s earth as gift, we are please to share the following resources:
- Download the Creation Justice Ministries’ Earth Day Resource Water, Holy Water for prayers, litanies, and sermon helps.
- The Earth Day Network’s resources and information on Earth Day 2014.
- Learn more about the focus on Green Cities.
- Participate in A Billion Acts of Green, an international movement to protect the planet and secure a sustainable future.
- Read the Climate Change 2013 Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
- Visit Interfaith Power and Light to learn more about the interfaith response to global warming.
This statement was prepared by the Public Policy Team of
Metropolitan Community Churches/The Global Justice Institute, Rev. Pat Bumgardner, Chair.
For more information, contact the Public Policy Team at [email protected].